The Morning They Stormed the Towers

A Poem of Lamentation Based on the Events of September 11, 2001

The morning they stormed the towers

And ruptured the city walls,

Flung aside drawbridges tall,

Scattered three thousand flowers.

The day they stole your kinsmen, your loyal steeds.

The day your kingdom bleeds.

Your pride was bled out and so was theirs.

There was no victory.

The day the towers fell, I courtseyed before the queen.

And stared, now into my Mars Bar, now into the TV screen.

They did it to be seen. And they were seen.

Because you didn't practice chivalry.

That night your dust roared underfoot,

A million frequent flyer miles away

From the chamber in which I lay.

My concerns shrouded over by the yearning for my young lover.

Never mind your city plundered into mourning.

Never mind they had issued you a warning

Before storming and tearing you down.

I wore a quiet frown.

Before I tossed my lace into the playful meadow for a kiss,

And rode away with my knight in merry bliss.

Musical adaptation entitled "When They Stormed The Towers" is available at

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PegCole17 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Deep and thoughtful, surfeitt. I'll be back to read more. And post my own poem from 9/11. Found you on the forum asking for poems to read. Welcome to Hub.

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, welcome to hub pages, I just saw you on the forums, this is a great poem, loved the visual pictures of it, cheers nell

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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Beautifully and tastefully done!

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surfeitt 6 years ago Author

Thanks Peg - let me know when you've posted your own 9/11 poem. It's taken this long for me to be willing to even think about that day let alone write about it. Thanks Nell Rose - you are very supportive and such a good visual poet yourself. And thank you Lifegate for your feedback, your words reassure me that I'm not being inappropriate to this solemn historical day.

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